mp3eme VOX: Unplugged

Post an Acoustic Tune from Your Personal Library
Week 7
a·cous·tic (ə-kū’stĭk)
  1.  Of or being an instrument that does not produce or enhance sound electronically: an acoustic guitar; an acoustic bass.
   2. Being a performance that features such instruments: opened the show with an acoustic set.



The Lament for  the Viscount of Dundee / Dr MacPhail's Reel
Tony McManus
The first time I heard this I couldn’t believe my ears and knew immediately that I would start playing this kind of music on guitar. It’s an example of piobaireachd, the classical music of the Great Highland bagpipes, arranged for guitar. Tony gets the bagpipe drone sound by tuning three strings to A and capoing at the first fret to give Bb, the drone note of the pipes. The tuning is DAAEAE.

I’ve never learned to play this and really ought to. I do play some of Tony’s arrangements, but the tuning is a bit whacky and laziness means I don’t bother changing tunings. I can get to DADGAD and even CGDGAD easily enough, but DAAEAE just seems nuts.


mp3eme VOX: It Takes Two



[doo-et, dyoo-]

a. A composition for two voices or two instruments.
b. A group of two singers or two instrumentalists.


Tony McManus is one of the finest guitar players I have ever come across. He plays, among other things, fingerstyle arrangements of traditional Scottish and Irish tunes and was the first successfully to arrange Scottish highland bagpipe tunes for the guitar. This recording shows how well he can play accompaniment as well, backing up Scots fiddler Alisdair Fraser and getting jiggy (or rather, ‘reely’) with the flatpick as well. Enjoy.

Ross' Reel No. 4, Reichswall Forest
Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus